California City May Oder Happy Meals To Go Permanently


California City May Oder Happy Meals To Go Permanently – After a vote by the city’s leaders Tuesday, Happy Meals could become a thing of the past in San Francisco. It’s board of supervisors is expected to formally approve a ban on most of McDonald’s Happy Meals in current form during a meeting on Tuesday.

In some areas in the northern California city, people felt that McDonald’s offers toys to entice kids to buy meals that don’t meet nutritional criteria. Because of this, a move was proposed to turn Happy Meals into healthy meals.

The proposed ordinance is part of a “food justice movement” and is designed to address how about 50 of the city’s restaurants use giveaway toys in order to sell fast food whose nutritional content is being challenged by the city.

Under the proposal, if the chains want to keep offering Captain America figurines or toys tied with latest films, McDonald’s and other restaurants would have until December 2011 to improve their meals’ nutrition with fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, the food and beverage would have to contain fewer than 600 calories, and less than 35 percent of total calories would come from fat.

In addition, the meal would also have to contain 0.5 cups of fruit and 0.75 cups of vegetables and offer less than 640 mg of sodium and less than 0.5 mg of trans fat. Breakfast, on the other hand, would have the option of offering 0.5 cups of fruit or vegetables.

Authorities hope their measure would encourage similar standards across the country. The San Francisco proposal was modeled after a similar law for unincorporated Santa Clara County, California. This ordinance would be a tremendous victory in fighting childhood obesity.

However, McDonald’s spokeswoman Danya Proud said the company was extremely disappointed with the decision. They believe that it is the right and responsibility of the parents and not the governments.

McDonald’s Happy Meals Are Banned

High-calorie happy meals of McDonald’s are banned by San Francisco authorities which made the world’s largest fast food chain “extremely disappointed” at the ruling.

It says that it entices children to eat these fattening and sugar-ladened food that comes with free toys.

Response came after the Board of Supervisors of California voted to prohibit restaurants from giving gifts with meals that contain too much fat and sugar.

“We are extremely disappointed with this decision. It’s not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for,” said Danya Proud, McDonald’s spokeswoman.

Colorfully boxed Happy meals, are packed with a burger, drink, fries and dessert, are popular among parents who are financially constrained as well as children, she said.

“Public opinion continues to be overwhelmingly against this misguided legislation. Parents tell us it’s their right and responsibility, not the government’s, to choose what’s right for their children.”

“We are extremely proud of our happy meals which give our youngest guests wholesome food and toys of the highest quality.

“Getting a toy with a kid’s meal is just one part of a fun, family experience.”

Under the ban agreed in a preliminary vote on Tuesday, restaurants in San Francisco would have to provide fruit and vegetables with meals accompanied by free toys, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“This is a tremendous victory for our children’s health,” said the state education board’s Eric Mar, chief sponsor of the legislation.

The measure will go to a full vote next week and if approved would not come into force before December 2011.

Scott Rodrick, who owns 10 McDonald’s franchises in the city, was quoted by the paper as saying: “Somehow the San Francisco board of supervisors just took the happy out of happy meals.”

“It would be an understatement to say how disappointed I am with this legislation,” he added.

Companies Give Tax Freebies 2010 this Tax Day April 15

April 15, 2010 – As the last day of filing your tax returns to the IRS, different companies offer comfort in filling up those Tax Extension Forms 2010 by having their very own tax freebies this Tax Day 2010.

While some hate April 15 because of the hassle it brings to them in having to ‘cram’ filling up those Tax Extension Forms, several people actually love it because of the different tax freebies that companies offer in this Tax Day.

Two of the largest food chains offer tax freebies this Tax Day 2010 and these are coffee chain Starbucks and fastfood chain Mc Donald’s.

Starbucks Tax Freebie: As a treat to tax payers for being responsible citizens, Starbucks is giving away a tax freebie of free cup of coffee if you bring in a reusable mug to any of their locations.

Mc Donald’s Tax Freebie: Mc Donald’s on the other hand is offering a “buy one, get one free” tax freebie deal for their Southern Style chicken sandwich this Tax Day 2010.

IHOP Tax Freebie: IHOP, the breakfast food chain is offering a tax freebie 2010 by letting kids eat free from 4pm to 10pm for the entire month of April. Wow! This would save you a lot of meal expenses for your kids!

Cinnabon Tax Freebie:  For Cinnabon, you just need to be in their location between 6pm and 8pm on Tax Day April 15th and you’ll get two mini cupcakes for free!

MaggieMoo’s Tax Freebie: As a tax treat this Tax Day 2010, MaggieMoo’s is offering samples of its new ice cream pizzas between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in 49 of its participating stores. Check their website for particular stores.

Boston Market Tax Freebie: In the case of Boston Market, buying one dinner plate would get you a second one free with a coupon from the restaurant’s Web site. Good Tax Day through Sunday.

Taco Del Mar Tax Freebie: In order to get Taco Del Mar’s tax freebie offer, you should visit the their web site and print out a “Taxes suck, tacos don’t” coupon for a free taco.

Oh, this is a lot of treat for loyal tax payers! Thanks for these companies. Avail of these tax freebies now this Tax Day 2010 and indulge yourself in some of your food cravings. Isn’t it Tax Day the time to enjoy food?

If you know any other tax freebies this Tax Day 2010 other than the aforementioned above, please comment below.

2010 McDonald’s All-American Game Roster, Date and Time Schedule is Now Out

As the 2010 NCAA Men’s Division Basketball Tournament is about to come to an end with its National Championship round to be held on April 5, 2010, a new basketball tournament is about to start and this time, it’s for high school basketball players – the McDonald’s All-American Game.

The McDonald’s All-American Game is a basketball competition that caters to both boys’ and girls’ high school basketball graduates. Part of this basketball contest is a show off from these high school basketball stars include slam dunk contests, the three-point competitions, and overall timed skills competitions.

For this year 2010, the McDonald’s All-American Game is set to begin on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. If you’re asking what time will the All-American Game start on that date, the basketball games start at 8:00 Eastern Time. It will be broadcasted live in TV through ESPN channel.

The Mc Donald’s All-American Game is a basketball game battle in court between the two regions, East and the West. If you are curious who are the players in each region, you can find below the complete 2010 McDonald’s All-American roster of players:

WEST

G Keith Appling – Detroit Pershing, MI (Michigan State)
F Harrison Barnes – Ames, IA (North Carolina
F Terrence Jones – Jefferson, OR
G Cory Joseph – Findlay Prep, NV
G Brandon Knight – Pine Crest, FL
G Doron Lamb – Oak Hill Academy, VA
G Ray McCallum – Detroit Country Day, MI
C Fab Melo – Sagemont, FL (Syracuse)
F Jereme Richmond – Waukegan, IL (Illinois)
C Joshua Smith – Kentwood, WA (UCLA)
F Tristan Thomas – Findlay Prep, NV (Texas
F Patric Young – Providence, FL (Florida)

EAST

G Reggie Bullock – Kingston, BC (N. Carolina)
F Tobias Harris – Hollow Hills, NY (Tennessee)
G Kyle Irving – St. Patrick, NJ (Duke)
G Joe Jackson – White Station, TN (Memphis)
C Perry Jones III – Duncanville, TX (Baylor)
G Jelan Kendrick – Wheeler, GA (Memphis)
F C.J. Leslie – Word of God, NC
G Kendall Marshall – Bishop O’Connell, VA (North Carolina)
F Jayvaughn Pinkston – Bishop Loughlin, NY Villanova
G Josh Selby – Lake Clifton, MD
C Jared Sullinger – Northland, OH (Ohio State)
F Deshaun Thomas – Bishop Luers, IN (Ohio State)